At Midwest, safety is a top priority for all employees. We have a full safety program and are COR certified. We embrace our safety policies and make sure that each individual understands their own responsibilities that create safer environments. We believe that if each employee understands the safety procedures of our firm they can assist in identifying poor working habits and potential problems.
Safety is just as, if not more important on site as it is in the office. Midwest’s sites have many programs to improve safety awareness on site; some of these programs include general and specialized safety training for employees. Training is critical to a healthy and safe work environment. Health and safety training combined with technical training contributes to the success of our workers and our company. All employees have the necessary training to produce quality work consistently and safely. Site safety is also improved and maintained through the daily Hazard Assessments and bi-weekly inspections. The hazard assessments are used to identify, record, and control existing or potential hazards to prevent accidents. All employees are responsible for completing and participating in performing hazard assessments as required. The supervisors at the site are responsible for ensuring that corrective or hazard reduction actions are identified in the hazard assessment process and are implemented and communicated in their areas of responsibility. The increased responsibility of each individual leads to a combined effort to reduce hazards and create a healthier and safe working environment.
We believe that safety is a journey, not a destination. There is always something new to learn about ways to develop your on and off-site health and safety procedures.
Here are a few tips to increase on-site safety:
1. Make sure all employees are trained correctly
Make sure that all employees understand the health and safety processes your firm has in place. Make sure that all workers have the correct training in their specific field as well as training in safety and hazard assessment. Ensure all new hires have the necessary training to safely perform their responsibilities.
2. Daily or Weekly toolbox meetings
These talks cover relevant site hazards, activities, and help raise awareness on-site. Such talks are beneficial to both operatives and management, giving everyone the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
3. Make safety part of the everyday conversation
It is important to ensure that safety is part of the everyday conversation. Safety is a culture, not just a policy. Make sure that safety is addressed and discussed among workers every day.
4. Review accidents and near misses
Investigate all accidents and near misses, determining their root causes and use that information to improve safety procedures and prevent future incidents. By reviewing all incidents, employers and employees can collaborate and actively work together to prevent any future incidents that may harm an individual.
5. Make sure employees have all the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
PPE is crucial to the health and safety of employees, confirm they have the correct equipment to protect themselves and those around them. Ensure that all employees are conforming to legislative, company and industry standards. Perform regular inspections to make sure that employees are not abusing systems put in place for their protection.
6. Create accountability at all levels
Rules and policies should be consistently enforced to ensure that workers are held accountable for any abuse of the safety system the firm has implemented. Inspections can help enforce safety policies and greater worker responsibility.